You’re getting closer to the end of the second trimester! Here’s the scoop on what’s going on with you and baby this week!
Your Body at 24 Weeks Pregnant
Your uterus extends approximately 2 inches above the bellybutton, or 10 inches from the pubic bone. At this point, most women are definitely showing, and getting rounder!
You should be feeling your baby move fairly often at this point and others may be able to feel these movements externally, however, don’t be alarmed if these movements are still irregular. Fetal movement may not become regular until 26 weeks. Regardless, your caregiver may ask you to begin doing kick counts this week. Kick counts involve counting kicks a few times a day to ensure baby is healthy and moving around often!
Some women experience tightening sensations in the abdomen around this time. These are most likely Braxton hicks contractions. Although these contractions are normal, if they become worrisome, painful (rather than just uncomfortable) or are accompanied by other warning signs, call or see your caregiver.
If you feel like you’re showing more than you thought you’d be, and quite suddenly, it could be due to your baby’s amniotic fluid. The amniotic fluid levels tend to increase during this week, which may account for some of your expanding girth!
Your caregiver may request that you take a glucose tolerance test to screen for gestational diabetes anytime between now and 28 weeks.
Your Baby at 24 Weeks Pregnant
Your baby weighs somewhere between a pound and a pound and a half! Your little one also measures around 10-12 inches long! At this point, your baby is about the size of an ear of corn or large banana!
Your baby’s fingernails are completely formed at this point! Don’t be surprised if those little nails need trimmed after delivery, as they’ll continue to grow until delivery!
If your baby is a boy, his testes have descended from the abdomen and into the scrotum, and provided that the baby cooperates, his “parts” are quite visible on an ultrasound screen!
Your baby’s lungs are beginning to secrete a substance known as surfactant. This substance aids in the inflation of the lungs during respiration by preventing the inside of the lungs from sticking to itself. Surfactant is necessary for breathing outside of the womb. Your baby is still practicing breathing by inhaling and exhaling amniotic fluid, but his or her lungs are well in the works!
Your baby’s organs are still maturing and growing! Your baby’s digestive system is still working towards maturation and your baby’s brain is growing at a very rapid pace!
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